An electric foot massager is a machine that is used for relaxation and to stimulate the muscles of the feet and calves through the use of vibration, rollers, heat and EMS. Foot massage is extremely beneficial in that it relaxes the entire body and stimulation of reflexology points benefit specific organs and areas of the body.
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- Intensity Settings
- Remote Control
- Display / Timer
- Angled Incline
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- 4x TENS electrode pads, 4x dust pad protectors, 2x AA batteries
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- 1 x Adaptor, 1 x TENS pads and replacement, 1 x Remote control
Today there are many choices in foot massagers, and making the right choice can be somewhat confusing. In this article, we will review some of the top choices in foot massagers in 2017 and provide sound advice to help you select the best foot massager to suit your needs. Read on to learn more.
Top choices in top brands of foot massagers in 2017
When you think of foot massagers, four brands come to mind:
3. Circulation Max /Pro
There are two main types of foot massagers on the market. A large group of electric foot massagers, called circulation boosters, is based on an EMS technology that is well known and used in medicine. Other group of foot massagers mainly manufactured by Homedics is based on a traditional Japanese treatment called Shiatsu.
Here are some of the best foot massagers produced by these well-known brands:
Best circulation booster
The first category of foot massagers are circulation boosters that use TENS electrode pads and electric impulses to contract muscles and increase circulation of blood while providing relief from pain and relaxed feelings at the same time.
Revitive IX – Medic Circulation Booster
This massager is a medical device that has been proven to increase blood circulation in the lower legs via EMS therapy, which causes the muscles of the calves to contract and relax. A built-in IsoRocker helps with limited mobility. Using this device for 20-30 minutes a day has very positive and noticeable benefits.
The Revitive IX is very easy to use. It has digital display and angled incline.for better comfort. It is rechargeable and has an adjustable timer. It comes with a remote control for easy adjustment of intensity level and has 99 different levels to choose from.
As it is a circulation booster, this machine is not suitable for everyone and you should consult your doctor before using. Read our full Revitive IX review.
Revitive Advanced – Performance Circulation Booster
Another great Revitive foot massager designed to relieve pain, soreness and swelling. This massager works by sending electrical stimulations through muscles in the feet and legs.
This accomplishes two actions. The first is strengthening the muscles. This happens as muscle fibres contract and relax with each electrical wave. The second is through improved blood circulation. This reduces swelling, fatigue and pain.
The massager also includes a gentle rocking motion that allows your ankle to move back and forth without putting it under pressure. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, frequently suffer from foot ache and swelling or have mobility issues, the Revitive Advanced Circulation Booster could help.
Read our full Revitive Advanced Circulation Booster review.
Revitive CX – Advanced Circulation Booster
Similarly to Revitive IX, this machine is a Class IIa Medical Device available to the public without prescription. With it, you will benefit from both infrared light and EMS therapy. This pumping action effectively increases the circulation of blood and results in relief from pain, swelling and inflammation.
Like Revitive IX, it comes with digital display, angled incline, remote control, and 99 different intensity levels. Compared to Revitive IX, it is not rechargeable and does not have adjustable timer.
This massager can be used safely by people with diabetes; however, those who have a pacemaker, epilepsy, arthritis or DVT should not use this machine. Additionally, it is not recommended for use during any phase of pregnancy. Read our full Revitive CX review.
Revitive LV – Standard Circulation Booster
Revitive LV is the most basic but also the most affordable from the Revitive circulation booster range.
It comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty and 50 different intensity levels. Compared to Revitive IX and CX models, it lacks a remote control, IsoRocker (good for limited mobility) or angled incline.
However, it is a very reasonably priced, and you still get a device that helps with poorer circulation and a sedentary lifestyle. Although this machine is available without prescription, if you have any specific medical condition, you should consult with your doctor first before you start using it, to be on a safe side.
Read our full Revitive LV review.
Revitive Dual Action – For Arthritis And Knee
This foot massager is designed to strengthen muscles and boost blood flow through a couple of ways: rocking the feet back and forth and sending harmless electrical stimulations through feet and leg muscles.
For people with arthritis of the knee, this device can greatly improve flexibility and strength. You will enjoy less pain and better mobility. It even comes with a pair of arthritis pads that you can use on your thighs for more direct action on your knee muscles and ligaments.
Make sure this medical device is suitable for you especially if you have a chronic condition. Pregnant women and individuals with pacemakers should not use this device.
Read our full Revitive Dual Action review.
Circulation Maxx – Blood Booster w/ Remote Control & Infrared Heat
First circulation booster on our list not manufactured by Revitive. Again, this is a Class IIa medical device that is easily and affordably available without a prescription. Compared to Revitive products, it is more affordable while providing some comparable functions.
It comes with remote control and digital display but has no adjustable timer, angled incline and is not rechargeable. Use of this massager is very simple though, and most people enjoy relaxing, watching TV, reading and/or listening to music while receiving an excellent foot massage for 25 to 30 minutes each day.
It is not recommended for women in the early phases of pregnancy or for people who have a pacemaker, epilepsy, arthritis or a diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis. Read our full Circulation Maxx review.
Circulation Pro – Foot & Leg Massager
This machine is also a genuine medical device that is readily available to the general public. It is intended for use by healthy people who wish to or need to increase circulation in the lower legs and feet.
It’s a good-looking machine that can be used for simple relaxation or a regular series of therapy sessions. It has digital display but has no adjustable timer, angled incline and is not rechargeable. This unit is easy to use because it comes with a remote control.
It comes with 5-year manufacturer warranty, which is longer that any of its competitors. Read our full Circulation Pro review.
Heartline – Electromagnetic Wave Foot Massager
This foot massager packs quite a lot in its compact size. This includes 25 massage modes, 99 intensity levels and electric wave treatment.
The combined effect on your feet is incredible pleasure and relaxation.
In addition to the footplates, the package also includes 8 pads that you can use to mitigate pain and soreness on various areas of the body.
The remote control makes it easy to use though some users complained about the unchangeable 25- minutes-per-session setting.
Read our full Heartline Foot Massager review.
Best shiatsu foot massager
The second category of foot massagers are shiatsu foot massagers, which eases muscle stiffness and tension by applying a traditional Japanese technique called Shiatsu.
Homedics FM-TS9-GB – Luxury Shiatsu Foot Massager
This machine is very lightweight and very affordable yet it does a very good job of relieving fatigue and soothing aches and pains in the feet.
Its massage action simulates a deep, kneading shiatsu massage. Soothing heat intensifies the relaxation experience. It is Homedics’s premium foot massager.
This machine is especially easy to operate because it has just one switch to control the two functions and you can operate this switch with your toes.
It does not have remote control or digital display like circulation boosters. Read our full Homedics FM-TS9-GB review.
Homedics Shiatsu Foot Massager – Standard Shiatsu Foot Massager
This Homedics machine provides a heat and shiatsu massage experience using rotating balls that roll up and down along the soles of the feet to alleviate aches, pains, tension and fatigue.
FM-S149H Shiatsu foot massager smaller is lighter and costs a bit less than luxury FM-TS9-GB. It has round foot pads that encourage movement of the feet. Users say that it is very helpful in recovering from injury, surgery and other foot problems.
Just as with the other offering from Homedics, this machine is very lightweight and easy to manage (although again it does not have remote control or digital display like circulation boosters). It also uses a single switch that you can operate with your toes. Read our full Homedics Shiatsu Foot Massager review.
Scholl Foot Massager – Professional Foot Massager
This is a very luxurious foot massager from a well-known foot care company. It is designed to massage the three areas of your feet (toes, arches and heels) with separate mechanisms.
Unlike the other offerings in this list, you do not simply set your feet on massage pads for massage to the soles of the feet. Instead, you place your feet inside the softly padded openings for your feet where they are enveloped by a cushion of air. This machine delivers massage through air, heat and shots to massage action.
The machine is easy to control and use with four buttons conveniently located at the top. These can be controlled by hand or toe. Read our full Scholl Foot Massager review.
Foot, Ankle and Calf Massager – Universal Foot Massager
This massager has a somewhat unusual design. Unlike the traditional flat devices that you step on, this one resembles a pair of boots. It covers the feet and rises all the way to the calves.
This allows it to work on the feet, ankles and calves simultaneously for a more relieving massage. It works through a vibrating board that increases blood flow and a kneading mechanism that goes deep into the muscles and reduces any pain or soreness.
Because it does not rely in electrical stimulation, this foot massager is safe for you use by most people including pregnant women. Read our full Foot, Ankle and Calf Massager review.
JML BFF Mini Foot Massager – Foot Massager Booster Relief
This mini-massager uses a very basic design but with somewhat effective results.
A series of six rollers activate specific pressure points, which helps reduce pain and boost relaxation. If you experience aching feet at the end of every workday, this massager can help.
The best part about it is its size. It is compact enough that you can carry it with you wherever you go.
The only thing to beware of is its tendency to slip on flat surfaces, especially if it is uncarpeted. You also can’t expect the same results as from high and mid-range foot massagers. Read our full JML Foot Massager review.
There are many good reasons to add use of a foot massager to your daily routine. As we grow older our circulatory system often begins to falter. This can happen for a number of reasons such as disability or illness or even simply a sedentary way of life.
To counter any of these situations or simply to maintain and improve your circulatory system, you should consider buying an electric foot massager or circulation booster.
Even if you are healthy overall, you will benefit from the relaxation and stress management to be had by devoting 20 or 30 minutes a day to foot massage. Managing stress is beneficial to overall health in a number of ways, including:
1. Good stress management helps reduce problems associated with hormone imbalances. For this reason, women in menopause may benefit greatly from daily use of a high quality foot massager.
2. Stress management and improved circulation help lower blood pressure levels.
In addition to stress management, many other benefits can be derived from regular use of any of these fine machines.
If you have recently had surgery, using a foot massage machine on a regular daily basis can lower your heart rate, help you relax and help you recover more quickly.
Foot massage makes an excellent supportive treatment for people recovering from cancer. It helps reduce fatigue and stress and even helps combat feelings of nausea.
Foot massage and use of EMS therapy is very beneficial in improving blood circulation and toning the muscles of the lower legs.
Improved blood circulation supports overall good health and helps alleviate pain. This is especially true for pain in the feet and legs; however, effective blood circulation helps reduce inflammation and pain in general. Additionally, good blood circulation boosts the cardiovascular system and wards off problems such as arterial disease.
We hope this article has been helpful to you in your quest to find the best foot massager. Revitive and Homedics are the most recommended products on the market but there are a number of other brands that are worth to consider. Which foot massager you should buy depends on your personal preferences, health situation and your budget.
Please check our buying guide if you want to learn more about things that you need to consider when selecting a right foot massager or circulation booster.